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The Eames Molded Plywood Collection

Whether used in public spaces like auditoriums or cafeterias, or on their own in elegant homes, libraries, and conference rooms, these iconic molded plywood chairs unite enduring form and quality construction in a comfortable, durable seat. Charles and Ray Eames adapted molding techniques developed during World War II to mass produce these classic designs.

Introduced in 1946, the Eames Molded Plywood Chairs possess an enduring charm and strikingly original look that has made them one of the most treasured designs in furniture of the last fifty years. Smart Furniture is proud to offer a full range of colors and features for the timeless piece by Charles and Ray Eames.

The Eames Molded Plywood Chair group is a testament to Charles and Ray Eames' relentless pursuit of innovation and original design in everything they set their minds to. The wood-molding technology that made the Molded Plywood Chair design possible was pioneered in the early 1940's by Charles and Ray, where they experimented with various wood-molding techniques in their apartment. Their discoveries led to a commission from the US Navy in 1942 to develop plywood splints, stretchers, and glider shells molded under heat and pressure. After the war ended, they applied this same technology to chair design, making sleek chair profiles and lighter weights possible. Due to these ground-breaking qualities, an Eames Molded Plywood Chair holds a rightful place in the Museum of Modern Art.

Read the Eames Plywood Chairs' Design Story.